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Spring allergies: Natural ways to manage symptoms

If spring allergies have you sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing your eyes, you don’t have to only turn to prescription or over-the-counter medications. Though you can’t make allergies magically go away, you can manage the symptoms naturally. Dr. Kristin Bobik, a ChicagoHealers.com practitioner, shares the following ways to manage allergies — without medication.
If spring allergies have you sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing your eyes, you don’t have to only turn to prescription or over-the-counter medications. Though you can’t make allergies magically go away, you can manage the symptoms naturally. Dr. Kristin Bobik, a ChicagoHealers.com practitioner, shares the following ways to manage allergies — without medication.

Natural ways to manage spring allergy symptoms

1. Acupuncture

According to Dr. Bobik, Sinus congestion or allergy symptoms indicate a stagnation of the flow of energy in one or more of the major pathways through the body. The period of time during the transition of seasons is considered a “weak point” for bodily health in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which means it’s also the best time to get treatment.

2. Acupressure

Dr. Bobik recommends stimulating the acupuncture point that controls the entire face and head. It’s called “Large Intestine 4” and it’s located in the lump of skin on the hand between the thumb and first finger. Rub this point with moderate pressure for 30 seconds, break for 30 seconds and repeat several times.  This process will relieve swelling and sinusitis.

3. Take an herbal steam bath

An herbal steam bath will relieve sinus congestion. Boil 8 cups distilled water in a large pot and then transfer to a large glass bowl. Add eight drops of eucalyptus oil which is readily available at any health food store.  Sit in front of the bowl with a towel over your head and position your face a safe distance from the water. The steam will become trapped, making it easier to breathe in the eucalyptus vapors. Every few minutes, take a break to blow nose as sinuses open. Stop the process once the water has cooled, and repeat daily.

4. Aromatherapy

Place a dot of eucalyptus oil just under the nose and breathe deeply. This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and decongesting properties! Repeat several times throughout the day for allergy symptom relief.

5. Nasal cleansing with a neti pot

According to Dr. Bobik, using a neti pot daily may decrease symptoms. This nasal irrigating device flushes mucus and debris from the nose and is readily available at any health food store.

6. Hydrate

Drink plenty of water. It helps flush away toxins and excess waste, including mucus.

7. Change your diet

Dr. Bobik suggests avoiding sugar, carbohydrates, and dairy (if you’re vegetarian), when you’re symptomatic because they can increase mucus production.

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